Four in custody after auto theft in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Four people were taken into custody after two reportedly stolen vehicles were found in Lincoln.
The Lincoln Police Department said officers responded to a reported auto theft in the 5400 block of Madison around 9:15 p.m. on Monday.
Officers said they talked to the 19-year-old victim and she reported that her 2017 Kia Sorento was stolen from a parking lot at Wesleyan. The keys were inside of the vehicle and it was unlocked. The estimated value of the vehicle is $10,000.
According to authorities, the officer that had taken the theft report was driving past Kwik Shop, 2811 N 48th St., at 2:15 a.m. and saw a silver SUV in the lot. The license plates reportedly looked similar to the description of the ones on the stolen vehicle.
Officials said the officer stayed in the lot and confirmed the license plate did match the stolen Sorento. The officer pulled up behind the Kia and two people ran from the vehicle while two others stayed inside.
LPD said the two people that remained inside the Kia were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. Both were taken into custody. Other officers found the 18-year-old male and 16-year-old boy that had fled the vehicle and took them into custody as well.
Police said during the investigation, they received information that another stolen vehicle was found in the area of 50th St. and Madison. The vehicle was a 2007 Kia Spectra that was reportedly stolen from the 1500 block of Sunburst Ln. on Nov. 3.
According to authorities, the three juveniles were referred for theft by receiving stolen property and the 18-year-old was lodged in jail for theft by unlawful taking. The two 16-year-olds were taken to the Youth Assessment Center while the 14-year-old was taken to Cedars.